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While most firms launched new mass spec systems, the larger focus was on developing and implementing the larger workflows surrounding these instruments.

Along with scientists from the University of Leicester, the researchers picked the Xevo TQ-S micro platform to do a pilot study on heart failure patient samples.

The firm sold three series of senior notes and will use proceeds to repay other outstanding debt.

Driven by strong pharma demand, the company posted first quarter revenues of $475.2 million, beating the average Wall Street estimate of $472.2 million.

The company said that it acquired Nottingham, UK-based Midland in order to lower its future manufacturing expenses and reduce risk to its supply chain.

Revenues were up to $587 million in the quarter, compared to $584 million in Q4 2014. Foreign currency effects reduced Q4 2015 revenues by around 5 percent.

The investment bank also initiated coverage of Agilent Technologies, Bruker, Illumina, PerkinElmer, and Waters with a Hold rating.

These designations mean the system can be sold in the US and Europe for use in laboratory-developed tests including, for instance, protein-based diagnostics.

The company posted revenues of $500.6 million, up from $493.2 million in Q3 2014. Currency effects contributed to a roughly 7 percent reduction in sales growth.

Overall, analyst Bryan Brokmeier said he is bullish on the space in spite of uncertainty in the general global markets.

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